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Star Wars Fans in 1980 Reacted To Empire Strikes Back in the Same Way Fans are Reacting to The Last Jedi

Before the Internet, fans got their movie news from magazines and one of the biggest sci-fi magazines in the 80s was Starlog. One of the cool things that Starlog did was provide fans with an outlet to share their feelings and speak their minds about the films and TV shows that they were passionate about. They basically published letters that were sent in by fans. It was the closest thing that fans had to an internet forum or social media in the 80s!

Archive.org has a whole collection of Starlog, and ArticleHit collected several of the fan letters that were published in issues #39-41 sharing their feelings on The Empire Strikes Back, which is a favorite Star Wars film among fans today. As it turns out, fans were torn on that movie much in the same way that fans are torn on Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

It's
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Star Wars Fans Hated Empire Strikes Back When It Was First Released, Too

The Last Jedi is continuing to divide hardcore Star Wars fans, but many forget that Empire Strikes Back was also incredibly divisive back in 1980, when fans tore it apart for being so different from A New Hope. Obviously, there was no internet back then, so fans and armchair critics had to physically write something and put it in the mail, hoping that their letter would get published in a magazine, newspaper, or on a TV show. Rotten Tomatoes was not a thing and movies weren't torn apart and destroyed as easy as they are now, but word of mouth could make or break a movie back then, which remains true to this day. However, Empire is now a beloved Star Wars movie and many claim that it's the best in the original trilogy. Will The Last Jedi have the same fate?

Popular website, A Critical Hit, recently compiled some fan
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Tina Fey’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Great News’ Casts Praise Her at New York Stage and Film Gala (Exclusive)

Tina Fey’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Great News’ Casts Praise Her at New York Stage and Film Gala (Exclusive)
And the award for best boss goes to…Tina Fey! The Saturday Night Live alum was honored Tuesday night at the New York Stage and Film Winter Gala, where she received heavy support from her famous casts.

Ellie Kemper and Carol Kane of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Andrea Martin of NBC’s Great News were on hand to show their support for Fey, who executive produces both series. The cast of the Mean Girls musical,which Fey wrote based on her 2003 hit film of the same name, was also there to celebrate the actress-writer-producer-comedian.

“It feels like a great kindness to be here,” Fey humbly gushed to Et.

“To be honored by the theater community, it’s a big deal,” Fey added. “I’ve been doing theater since I was in high school, so getting to come in and try and be a part of this New York theater community, it’s really
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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary

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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary Kurt Anthony10/9/2017 11:00:00 Am

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.

A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the
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‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic

‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.

Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?

“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner.
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Mary Goldberg, Casting Director of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Alien,’ Dies at 72

Mary Goldberg, Casting Director of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Alien,’ Dies at 72
Mary Goldberg, casting director of films including “Amadeus” and “Alien,” died Sept. 7 at her home in Ojai, Calif., following a short battle with lung cancer. She was 72.

Goldberg’s career spanned the New York theater community and the West Coast film industry, but she is best known for casting talent. She began her career in the early 1970s as an assistant to Bernard Gersten, the Public Theater’s associate producer, and became the Shakespeare Festival’s head of casting for both the Public Theater in downtown New York and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 1973. There, Goldberg assembled the casts of plays including “Two Gentlemen of Verona” starring Raul Julia, “King Lear” starring James Earl Jones, and “Much Ado About Nothing” starring Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widdoes.

From 1973 until 1975, Goldberg was also casting director for the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, managed by the New York Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp’s direction. At
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Photo Flash: Mario Cantone, Carol Kane, Tate Donovan and More Read Sweet Birds in The Hamptons

Eugene Pack's new comedy play, Sweet Birds, was presented as a benefit staged reading on Sunday, August 27 at 8pm at Guild Hall in The Hamptons, starring J. Smith Cameron Rectify, Mario Cantone Sex and the City, Chloe Dirksen, Emmy winner Tate Donovan Manchester by the Sea, Fargo, Geraldine Hughes, Nick Fondulis The Affair, Obie-winner Kathryn Grody, Oscar nominee amp Emmy winner Carol Kane Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Molly Ranson August Osage County, Carrie The Musical, and Drama Desk-winner Dayle Reyfel. The evening was hosted by Luann de Lesseps. BroadwayWorld has photos from the reading below
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After Soderbergh: See the Top 10 Box Office Track Records of Classic Indie Filmmakers

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After Soderbergh: See the Top 10 Box Office Track Records of Classic Indie Filmmakers
In a career that began with “sex lies and videotape” in 1989, “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s 26th theatrical release. It will extend his record as the top-grossing American director to come out of the independent scene in its formative years — a period we’ll define as 1975 (Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street”) through 1992 (Quentin Tarantino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs”).

To be clear, Soderbergh’s an outlier; his billion-dollar box office dwarfs every other indie filmmaker. However, looking at the performance of his contemporaries who got their start in that indie film movement, you may be surprised at who’s on the list. (Note: “Outside wide release” means less than 1,000 screens. Also, the list doesn’t include directors like Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, who have independent roots but were not discovered via the film festival/arthouse pathway, or Alan Rudolph, another significant ’80s figure; he started in horror films in the early ’70s.
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‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever

‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever
For its twenty-fifth anniversary, Alexandre Rockwell’s 1992 Sundance winner “In the Soup” is asking for a big gift — but a necessary one. Indie distributor ​Factory 25​ has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the repair and preservation of the film, aiming to make it available digitally and on Blu-ray for the first time.

And while the allure of catching the pioneering feature — the one that beat out “Reservoir Dogs” at the lauded festival, no less — is compelling enough on its own, the real reason for the urgency of the campaign is something else entirely: without this restoration, the film will likely no longer exist. The only existing archival print of the feature is badly damaged, and without the addition of crowdfunded financing, Grady will be unable to restore the film.

Read MoreWes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

“‘In the Soup
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The Princess Bride Screens Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Why is this such a classic line in the minds of many? I don’t know, really. But I do know that the way that Mandy Patinkin delivers it in this film has ‘classic line’ written all over it!

The Princess Bride screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 28th and 29th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

Believe it or don’t, but I just saw The Princess Bride for the first time in 2014 at a Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event. I’d heard great things about it for decades so I’m not sure why I’ve spent so many years avoiding it. Perhaps because I was 25 when it was made in 1987 and really, what self-respecting dude would watch a movie called The Princess Bride
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Why ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Star Carol Kane Loved Lillian’s Odd Makeover (Exclusive Video)

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Why ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Star Carol Kane Loved Lillian’s Odd Makeover (Exclusive Video)
One of the highlights for Carol Kane on the third season of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was her character, Lillian Kaushtupper, getting a style makeover from Jacqueline White, played by Jane Krakowski. “Her character and my character dressed each other for an episode, and I got to wear long, glam, straight hair and tons of makeup and a very tight dress,” Kane told TheWrap. “And she had to wear one of my baggy, crazy things, and that was fun.” Kane relished getting to belt out a couple tunes during the season, including one with Tituss Burgess, who plays Titus Andromedon.
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Four Renewal for Netflix Comedy Series

Everything's coming up Kimmy. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV show has been renewed for a fourth season on Netflix. Season three just premiered on May 19th. A Netflix comedy series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen, and Mike Carlsen. Kimmy (Kemper) was held by an Indiana doomsday cult leader for fifteen years. Upon her release, she decides reject the “victim” label, and moves to New York City. Read More…
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Netflix Renews 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

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2017-06-13T13:25:53-07:00Netflix Renews 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is coming back for more.

Netflix has renewed the Ellie Kemper comedy for a fourth season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pickup comes less than a month after the streaming giant released the entire third season. The series, which centers on a woman starting anew in New York City after spending 15 years locked in a bunker, also stars Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski.

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Ellie Kemper has also appeared in The Office and Bridesmaids.
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Renewed For Season Four After Kimmy Branches Out

Netflix is going through its own version of renewal season, and while people went a little nuts over the news that Sense8 wouldn’t be returning, Kimmy fans can breathe again.

The renewal of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt might not be surprising, because people seem to still be talking about the show as much as they were after season one, but the third season was really something of a test for the show. The initial release may have won over tons of fans, and the second season was strong as well, but the third season meant it was time to really branch out, or abandon the thing. You can only play the shtick so long, and then we need to get to know something new about Kimmy.

Not only did the third season live up to those sort of expectations, providing a lot of new experiences and directions for all the characters,
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt renewed for season 4

Chris Longo Jun 14, 2017

They alive, dammit! Netflix greenlights Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4.

It’s a miracle! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 4 is officially confirmed by Netflix. The streaming service dropped all 13 episodes of season three on May 19th.&

See related Curb Your Enthusiasm: season 9 confirmed by HBO

With Netflix recently going on a rare cancellation spree, axing Sense8 and The Get Down, fans of the series were likely holding their breath.

The company famously doesn’t release streaming data, but we do know the series was one of the “most savored,” like a nice glass of pinot noir, when Netflix gave the press a brief glimpse into what original shows performed best for the service.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane. Guests during season three included Maya Rudolph, Daveed Diggs, Laura Dern, and the return of Jon Hamm as The Reverend.

We’ll
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Kimmy Schmidt Renewed for Season 4

Kimmy Schmidt Renewed for Season 4
It’s alive, dammit: Netflix has renewed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a fourth season, the streaming service announced on Tuesday.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

Kimmy stars Ellie Kemper as the naive survivor of a doomsday cult who moves to New York to start her life after 15 years stuck in an underground bunker. The supporting cast includes Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s aspiring-actor roommate Titus, Jane Krakowski as her filthy rich former employer Jacqueline, and Carol Kane as her wacky landlord Lillian.

Season 3 of Kimmy debuted on Netflix last month,
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix

It is another quick renewal for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a fourth season of the comedy series, from the 30 Rock duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, less than a month after the release of the show’s third season. The Emmy-nominated series starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane follows the travails of Kimmy (Kemper) who, after living in a cult for fifteen years, decides to reclaim her life and start…
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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Renewed for Season 4 at Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is coming back for more.

Netflix has renewed the Ellie Kemper comedy for a fourth season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pickup comes less than a month after the streaming giant released the entire third season. The series, which centers on a woman starting anew in New York City after spending 15 years locked in a bunker, also stars Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski.

Originally ordered to series at NBC before moving to Netflix with a two-season order, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hails from creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The duo executive produce with Jeff Richmond...
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